U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx kicked off Distracted Driving Awareness month, which began April 1, by announcing the “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” National Distracted Driving Enforcement Campaign.
From April 10-15, state and local law enforcement will aggressively ticket drivers who are texting or using their mobile devices when behind the wheel, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported. The secretary made the announcement in Washington, D.C., where young drivers demonstrated the dangers of distracted driving on a temporary test track.
Based on fatal accident reports, NHTSA data shows that at least 3,154 people were killed in crashes involving all distracted drivers in 2013, including those who were texting and driving. NHTSA estimates that 424,000 Americans were injured in all distraction-affected crashes in 2013.
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